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The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Merry Wives of Windsor
by William Shakespeare

The Merry Wives of Windsor Resources

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Shmoop-SPEAR

Hey, don't forget to check out our very own Shakespeare page. We've got Big Willy's biography, resume, timeline, and more.

Which Shakespeare Character Are You?

We couldn't resist taking this online quiz, compliments of the Teen Nick network. (We're "Falstaff," of course.)

Read Merry Wives Online

This is a great e-version of the text because you can do a search by act, scene, word, or character lines.

The Best Part of Waking Up …

… Is the Folger Shakespeare Library. Hands down one of the best online Shakespeare resources.

BBC and the Bard

The BBC has a good Shakespeare page with plenty of cool resources for students and teachers.

Merry Artifacts

A great website with links to boatloads of artifacts like pictures, press releases, theater productions, etc.

Movie or TV Productions

Chimes at Midnight (1965)

In this cult classic, George Orwell condenses all the Falstaff material from Merry Wives, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V. You can watch the whole film in parts on YouTube.

Trust the Brits to Do Shakespeare Right

We're not going to lie—when it comes to DVD recordings of The Merry Wives of Windsor, it's pretty slim pickins. This 1982 BBC production is the one your English teacher will probably show in class.

Falstaff Goes to the Opera

Giuseppe Verdi's opera, Falstaff, is based on the antics of the iconic character and follows the plot of The Merry Wives of Windsor. If you're looking for a good DVD recording, the 2009 Glyndebourne Festival edition is your best bet. 

Historical Documents

Put Down the Cosmo

Check out some excerpts from the popular 16th/17th-century advice book A Godly Form of Household Government that informs the play's ideas about marriage and household stuff.

We Bet It Smells Great

Cool facsimile of the First Folio edition of the play (1623).

First Quarto Edition of the Play (1602)

What the play-text looked like when it was first published.

Video

Wisteria-Lane Style

The Heath players have adapted the play to modern-day suburban England. Mistresses Ford and Page wear awesome 80's spandex mini-dresses in this one.

Falstaff at the Opera

Check out the finale of Verdi's Falstaff.

Do You Have Three Minutes?

Check out the RSC's condensed version of Shakespeare's comedies, including Merry Wives.

It's a Tease

Trailer for a Shakespeare's Globe Theater production of Merry Wives of Windsor.

Images

Queen Elizabeth I Scores Front Throne Tickets to the Play

Famous 1840 painting called "Queen Elizabeth Viewing the Performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Globe Theatre," by artist David Scott.

Old Postcard of Falstaff and Mistress Ford

We love us some old postcards.

Desperate Housewives of Windsor

Poster for a modern adaptation of the play.

Falstaff with Horns

Image from Shakespeare's Globe Theater production of the play.

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